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At St Herbert’s School we believe all children can achieve in and enjoy maths.

Within our maths curriculum we adopt a mastery approach to teaching and learning, as described by the NCETM and NNW Maths Hub:

“It encompasses a mindset and beliefs (of teachers and of pupils), curriculum access, lesson design, the growth of connected and flexible conceptual knowledge and understanding together with a level of fluency with number facts and symbolic representations.”

“Mastery …involves knowing ‘why’ as well as knowing ‘that’ and knowing ‘how.’ It means being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations.”

The aims of our curriculum are that all children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.